Apple launches Watch Series 4

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Apple launches Watch Series 4

We will have to wait for it to land here like we are for Apple News and Apple Pay Cash.

Interestingly, the Apple Watch isn't just the world's best-selling smartwatch - it's the best-selling watch, period. Apple claims the Watch Series 4 will still run for 18 hours in everyday use, while workout tracking will be possible for as many as six hours. What makes it different from Series 3 and Series 2?

While the design is fairly similar to previous Apple Watch models, the S4 manages to pack up to 35 percent larger display into a similar form factor thanks to slimmed-down bezels. We know someone with diabetes and if the Apple Watch ever became capable of monitoring blood glucose, he'd buy it straight away. In other words, it's a new, more high-tech version of the Life Call "I've fallen and I can't get up" device.

Detailed display specifications indicate that the resolution has been also increased, but that was surely done to compensate for the greater screen area. The peak brightness level of 1000 nits is also being retained.

Pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 4 will begin this Friday, although buyers may find themselves waiting until later to get one on their wrist depending on their country or territory and the type of connectivity they want inside. The Watch Series 4 will officially be available in stores on September 21. It also carries the same high level of water resistance as the Series 3, allowing it to be used in a swimming pool.

Apple CEO Tim Cook launched the Apple Series 4 Watch equipped with the latest technology, edge-to-edge displays, like its latest phones, and the ECG support feature. Apple Watch Series 4 comes in two sizes - 40mm and 44mm - and the screen is over 30 percent larger in both instances. One is that the button on the right side is now a bit less exposed. It will have haptic feedback in the digital crown, meaning gestures will feel more mechanical and "clicky". The ECG has even received clearance from the FDA. Revealed during its keynote, the company showed off the Series 4's bigger screen, which utilises a new user interface to make use of the additional real estate.

In fact, the FDA's letters to Apple classifying the watch's software as a Class II device-dated September 11 (PDF), the day before the launch event-state that the ECG app is not intended for use by people under age 22. It is rumored to feature a larger display, faster processor, improved battery life and more.

More complicated Apple Watch facesLook at all those options! There's a new accelerometer and gyroscope inside the Apple Watch Series 4, too, which can help the device to detect falls. There will also be an ECG app coming later this year that will allow users to record and ECG by placing their finger on the digital crown.

An app unlocking the wrist-based ECG functionality will be available to US consumers later this year.

The Apple Watch Series 4 will be available September 21 for $399 (with GPS) and $499 (with cellular network) and will come in three colorways: silver, gold, and space grey.

The lack of dedicated apps - brands aren't exactly rushing to put their wares onto the Watch, and some older apps are being discontinued - but as a standalone device Apple had definitely improved its wristwear in 2018. Band colours and styles that are already available will still fit the new watch.

As for the new Apple Watch Series 4, the Cupertino company has yet to announce its availability and pricing for Malaysia just yet.

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